“So David escaped from Saul and went to King Achish of Gath. But the officers of Achish were unhappy about his being there. ‘Isn’t this David, the king of the land?’ they asked. ‘Isn’t he the one the people honor with dances, singing,

‘Saul has killed his thousands,
 and David his ten thousands’?’

David heard these comments and was very afraid of what King Achish of Gath might do to him. So he pretended to be insane, scratching on doors and drooling down his beard. Finally, King Achish said to his men, ‘Must you bring me a madman? We already have enough of them around here! Why should I let someone like this be my guest’?” 1 Samuel 21:10-15 (NLT)



David was on the run from King Saul. This man was the one who had faced Goliath and killed him with no fear. David was to be the next king, but he was trying to find a place to go with the men who had followed him. The tide had changed, and fear seemed to plague him at every turn. David escaped to Gath only to be recognized by King Achish. David’s reputation proceeded him. He was the one who was a champion warrior. Everyone knew his name, but on that day, he didn’t need anyone to know his name. He just needed a place to go. So instead of trusting God and facing King Achish, he acted like he had lost his mind. He was more willing to disgrace himself than face his fears.


Fear has its own language, and it is never reasonable. Fear speaks in extremes and cannot be easily overcome. You may be facing a situation in your life that causes fear to rise up. Fear is a natural emotion when we are in danger; however, fear can be so persuasive that it distorts the truth. The truth was that God had anointed David as the next king over Israel. God was protecting David even more so than David was protecting himself. God helped David kill Goliath, and He was going to help David stand against King Saul and King Achish. The closed door in Gath eventually led David to a new place in Judah. Find the truth in your situation and believe the truth instead of resigning to being afraid.  You may come to find that the thing that has you buckling with fear may be the very thing God wants to use to redirect you to a new place.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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